Christmas Morning OMG! It 5.15am Please Sleep

I was woken up by a five year old little girl saying can we get up now please, but it’s 5.15am sweetie, just a little more sleep please! What we didn’t know was she had already been on a reconnaissance mission to the lounge to see if Father Christmas had been! How did we find this out? Well I shall tell you. We have a security camera in our lounge that detects motion and at 5.15am, motion was detected, and for all of 10 seconds you can see a little girl checking if Father Christmas had eaten any of the… [Read More]

Merry Christmas Everyone

It’s Christmas Day and that means family time for me, but I want to take this opportunity to say thank you and to wish everybody a Merry Christmas. This includes the people that have taken the time to read my blog and comment, all the many bloggers that are very good friends and all my family and friends. Also all the people that I have worked and collaborated with this past year. I have had a fantastic year and I hope you all have too. Time to have some family time for the next few days and a rest from… [Read More]

T’is The Day Before Christmas

Christmas Eve is always a super busy day for us. We have family and friends to visit, and we like to get everything out of the way. So we can enjoy Christmas Day at home with all the children, and it’s especially nice because our five year old twins get to play with all their new toys on Christmas Day. It’s the perfect family day. Christmas Eve is as exciting for us as parents, as I know it is for our little ones. Ok, maybe it’s a bit more exciting for the twins, because they know Father Christmas is coming… [Read More]

Oh YES! That Father Christmas Threat

Come on then how many times have you said this to your little ones in the last few weeks! I could lie and say I would never resort to such threats, haha! Not a chance! I have actually forgotten how many times I have said this so far this year and for that matter how many times I have heard my wife say it. The problem with this particular threat is in my opinion it falls on deaf ears, or least it falls on very deaf ears as far as my five year old twin girls are concerned. It goes… [Read More]

The Christmas Cost

I’ve teamed up with Admiral insurance for their cost of Christmas campaign. The idea behind the campaign is to see how the cost of the festive season has changed over the last 40 years. Admiral have created a very clever widget which people can interact with. Simply select which year you’d like to find more about (2006, 1996, 1986 and 1976), and then  you can compare this against your spend at Christmas to find out what items have gone up and if prices have dropped on certain items. You can find the widget online at admiral.com/costofchristmas. Admiral have also included some… [Read More]

Christmas Presents: Children’s Expectations: Have They Changed?

On the way home from work the other day I was listening to the radio, and they were talking about the expectations of children in relation to Christmas presents. Basically has it got out of control the presents children are receiving at Christmas? Is this putting too much pressure on parents? Is the expense of what kids want today in our heavily influenced technological world, quite simply getting too expensive for parents, and they are struggling to make their children happy, but surely it’s not all about expensive gifts? Image The Telegraph There was a man talking on the radio… [Read More]

Omg ! Christmas Is Nearly Here I Can’t Wait!

I am a self confessed Christmas fan. I love it! It’s that time of year when you can spoil your loved ones without fear of judgement that you might be buying too much, and if anybody does say anything, you can simply say, it’s Christmas, don’t be such a Scrooge! Of course spending within your budget is really important and don’t buy everything on credit, because that will give you a big headache in January. For all of that there are so many bargains nowadays and you can easily spoil your loved ones without breaking the bank. What is it… [Read More]

Daughters Hugging A Relative After Receiving A Present This Christmas

Our five year old twin girls have recently started Rainbows which is the first stage of the girl guide movement that will eventually lead on to possibly, the Brownies and Girl Guides. I thinks it’s a particularly great organisation that hopefully the girls will learn many life lessons from, that they can take into adulthood. So when I read an article recently about the Girl Scout Movement in the USA, well quite honestly it shocked me. I will add this has not to my knowledge been endorsed by the UK Girl Guides Movement. They are asking parents to not encourage… [Read More]